Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Magic Ingredient In Breast Milk Protects Babies' Intestines

Researchers Queen Mary, University of London have discovered that an ingredient in human breast milk protects and repairs the delicate intestines of newborn babies.

The ingredient called pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor, or PSTI, is found at its highest levels in colostrum - the milk produced in the first few days after birth.

The lining of a newborn's gut is particularly vulnerable to damage as it has never been exposed to food or drink. The new study highlights the importance of breastfeeding in the first few days after the birth.

Read more (ScienceDaily)


Dad Blog said...

I love breast milk articles. It not only brings the mother closer but has so many other benefits.

CJ said...

There is science suggesting breast milk has health benefits, but there’s also a political movement. The US gov’t runs a website promoting breast feeding. It sites journal articles, but when you look up the articles, you find that the study results were not nearly as clear-cut as the website suggests. They’re exaggerating the evidence to promote a political agenda.

I strongly support scientific inquiry into the best way to feed babies. I’m just skeptical about the data, though, b/c evidence showing some benefits to formula feeding are not well received politically. This political agenda, IMHO, is our generation’s version of “a woman’s place is at home”, this time spearheaded by women.